Grosses

'Captain America 2' Still #1 with $26.6M; 'Heaven is for Real' Breaks Out with $21.5M; 'Transcendence' BombsApril 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in an estimated $26.61 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Marvel is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone on Sunday, making it the second release of 2014 to reach the milestone (The LEGO Movie being the first). Captain America: The Winter Soldier was down 36 percent from last weekend, which indicates that strong word of mouth is really starting to kick in for the film. With a 17-day take of $201.53 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now running 20 percent ahead of the $167.92 million 17-day gross of last year's Thor: The Dark World and will soon surpass that film's final domestic gross of $206.36 million.

Fox's Rio 2 held steady in second place with an estimated $22.5 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios was down 43 percent from last weekend. That represented a harsher second weekend decline than 2011's Rio experienced, when it fell 33 percent to gross $26.32 million. Rio 2 has grossed $75.36 million through ten days of release. That is 7 percent softer than the $80.81 million ten-day take of Rio, but Rio 2 is still performing well in its own right, especially when considering its strength overseas. With the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2 is likely to stabilize going forward.

Heaven is for Real exceeded its rapidly rising expectations this weekend with an estimated third place start of $21.5 million. The low-budget faith-based drama from Sony has grossed $28.53 million in its first five days of release. With a five-day to three-day ratio of 1.33 to 1, Heaven is for Real clearly built up momentum once the weekend arrived, as moviegoers were in the mood to catch the film over Easter weekend. The five-day start for Heaven is for Real was an impressive 12 percent stronger than the $25.39 million five-day launch of The Last Song over Easter weekend back in 2010.

Heaven is for Real took in $7.85 million on Good Friday, increased 5 percent on Saturday to take in $8.26 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to gross $5.39 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.74 to 1 is extremely strong for a faith-based film over Easter weekend and is a good early sign going forward. The film's A rating on CinemaScore is also a strong sign for the film. The audience breakdown for Heaven is for Real skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (62 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 35 years and older (51 percent).

On the other end of the box office spectrum, Warner's Transcendence bombed this weekend with an estimated fourth place start of just $11.15 million. The pricey sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp had been widely expected to get off to a lackluster start this weekend, but the film was ultimately unable to live up to its relatively modest expectations for a film of its cost. Clearly, the film's largely negative critical reviews didn't help matters this weekend. The opening weekend performance of Transcendence was quite similar to the $11.59 million launch of Grindhouse over Easter weekend back in 2007.

Transcendence opened with $4.85 million on Friday (with an alarmingly high $850,000 of that total coming from Thursday night shows), fell a harsh 21 percent on Saturday to take in $3.82 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to gross $2.49 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.30 to 1 is soft for a film aimed at adult audiences over Easter weekend. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (56 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Transcendence looks to fade away from theatres quickly, especially with it having received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Also off to a lackluster start this weekend was Open Road's A Haunted House 2. The low-budget horror comedy sequel starring Marlon Wayans debuted in fifth with an estimated $9.1 million. That was below pre-release expectations and was a disappointing 50 percent softer than the $18.10 million start of last year's A Haunted House. A Haunted House 2 opened with $4.04 million on Friday, fell 25 percent to take in $3.03 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 33 percent on Sunday to gross $2.03 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.25 to 1. A Haunted House 2 received an underwhelming B- rating on CinemaScore and is extremely likely to be front-loaded towards its opening weekend performance.

The weekend's other new wide release, Bears, debuted in eleventh with an estimated $4.77 million. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature opened softer than was widely anticipated and 20 percent below the $6.00 million start of African Cats over Easter weekend back in 2011. However, it should be noted that African Cats did have the added advantage of having Earth Day fall on its opening Friday. With Earth Day falling this coming Tuesday, Bears is likely to hold up nicely during the midweek. The film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Nov. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tower Heist$1,380,470-30%3,367--$410$28,890,5051Universal
2Puss in Boots (2011)$1,330,404-45%3,96311$336$80,931,5932Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$921,491-29%2,875--$321$16,201,1091Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$528,479-26%3,1275$169$25,792,4672Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$418,198-22%3,286-43$127$96,578,1983Paramount
6The Rum Diary$282,339-19%2,29220$123$11,257,9852FilmDistrict
7Footloose (2011)$250,008-28%2,811-413$89$45,582,3704Paramount
8Real Steel$188,975-30%2,438-476$78$79,444,2665Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$158,321-16%1,391-181$114$37,223,8795Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$134,696-23%1,863-1154$72$18,490,8463Summit
11Moneyball$129,970-13%1,278-353$102$70,618,5917Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$129,043-15%1,1384$113$30,366,6616Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$58,491-39%1,105-733$53$68,835,4217Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$109,409-18%514249$213$3,033,6852Sony / Columbia
250/50$79,674-17%747-447$107$33,226,6396Summit
3Margin Call$58,954-20%17838$331$2,702,0443Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$38,640-40%644-910$60$7,866,8303Universal
5The Way$36,008-10%224-34$161$2,256,2635Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$32,083-18%318289$101$7,439,74416Weinstein Company
7The Thing (2011)$23,010-8%384-1010$60$16,815,6454Universal
8Drive (2011)$20,292-21%136-58$149$34,131,0178FilmDistrict
9Contagion$18,812-15%260-151$72$74,526,5479Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$14,357-8%199-32$72$176,183,83614Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,415-6%172-78$72$84,146,29415Warner Bros.
12Dream House$11,550-22%330-255$35$21,188,0306Universal
13The Mighty Macs$9,455-10%101-288$94$1,759,9293Quaker Media
14Abduction$9,444-24%207-144$46$27,398,5987Lionsgate
15The Big Year$7,977-17%213-210$37$7,038,8574Fox
16What's Your Number?$6,605-18%10240$65$13,957,8016Fox
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,418-4%22562$29$380,892,14617Warner Bros.
18Killer Elite$5,2350%119-138$44$25,022,0297Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$3,777-17%102-37$37$176,648,66316Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$52,645--7--$7,521$52,6450Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$42,277-18%9866$431$1,154,6193Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$25,261-6%1612$1,579$520,2922Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$14,561-14%490$297$14,005,45531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$7,5520%4534$168$120,1842Image Entertainment
6Inni$3,63563%54$727$53,4062Cinema Purgatorio
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,718-32%98-53$28$38,364,64512Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$2,690-16%93-27$29$17,672,53610Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,455-16%35-16$70$24,799,42811Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,969-10%52-23$38$24,026,39211FilmDistrict
11The Son of No One$1,826-12%10--$183$23,8091Anchor Bay Films
12Laugh at My Pain$1,626-26%38-13$43$7,679,7169CodeBlack Entertainment
13Shark Night 3D$1,286-32%44-46$29$18,842,68310Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$872-31%12-1$73$523,4617Relativity Media
15Munger Road$63936%9-1$71$260,4246Freestyle Releasing
16I Don't Know How She Does It$60240%8-6$75$9,610,0788Weinstein Company
17Texas Killing Fields$510-21%103$51$43,9894Anchor Bay Films
18Dirty Girl$359-36%65$60$54,8575Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$298-50%5-2$60$437,69311Roadside Attractions
20The Future$234-19%50$47$567,68315Roadside Attractions
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$17885%5-1$36$486,37010Indomina Media
22Project Nim$9660%30$32$406,66018Roadside Attractions